Selected writings of the laureate dunces, Nahum Tate (laureate 1692-1715), Laurence Eusden (1718-1730), and Colley Cibber (1730-1757)

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E. Mellen Press, 1999 - Literary Collections - 230 pages
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Offers examples of the sterling verse of the three British poet laureates that Alexander Pope lampoons in The Dunciad. The modern office began in 1616 when James I appointed Ben Jonson, but by the early 18th century it was awarded for political agreement with the ruling Whigs and personal connection to the royal family rather than merit. A few are also included by the self-educated thresher poet Stephen Duck to provide a glimpse of someone who was nearly poet laureate; he was beat out by Cibber, who was a friend of the Lord Chamberlain. Most of the texts come from the British Library.

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Nahum Tate On the Sacred Memory Of Our Late Sovereign With
Laurence Eusden To a Lady that wept at the hearing Cato read
Colley Gibber A Poem on the Death of our Late Sovereign Lady

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